I know you want honest answers, so - - I tried Lyrica this winter and it worked great for awhile. I started at 75 mg twice a day too, and then doubled it after a week. No bad side effects (except maybe more spaciness even than usual!) and it really helped the pain. But by the time I quit (after 3 months) it wasn't doing a thing. So, I saw no point in continuing. But who knows? It might be just the thing you need. I hope so!
After that, I tried Tramadol and Effexor and they also helped, but the side effects made them not worth it. I've been on Nortriptyline (1 molecule different from Amitriptyline) for 18 years. Every time I bring up the idea of going off of it, my doctor says he thinks it's still helping with my sleep. So I stay on..